Senior Web Designer Salary

Senior Web Designers in the United States pull down an average of $67K per year. In the world of Senior Web Designers, total cash compensation can vary between $46K and $97K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $10K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Senior Web Designers is high. More than half of Senior Web Designers (61 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$45,013 - $91,484
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$45K
$67K
$91K
MEDIAN: $66,543
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$20.67 - $59.03
(Median)
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$31
$59
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$45,013 - $91,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,040  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,772 - $96,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.67 - $59.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$27.23 - $61.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,772 - $96,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer


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Senior Web Designers sometimes assume positions such as Senior User Experience Designers. That role pays $102K per year on average. A common career progression for a Senior Web Designer is to become a Creative Director or an User Experience Designer. Compared to Senior Web Designers, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Design, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Dreamweaver, PHP, and HTML. Those proficient in Web Design are, more often than not, also skilled in User Interface Design. Most people who know Adobe Photoshop also know Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and HTML.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Web Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $62K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $68K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $84K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Senior Web Designers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+30 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Cincinnati ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (7 percent lower) and Portland (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 13%


Design
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$68,000

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Web Development
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

up arrow 6%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 8%

PHP
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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